We have some sad news to report on Rick Bognar, who long-time fans would remember as the fake Razor Ramon who appeared on WWE TV in 1996.
Bognar passed away on September 20 at the age of 49. No other details are available but his passing was unexpected. The news of his passing was confirmed by his brother Ken.
Bognar was bought in as the fake Razor Ramon in 1996 as WWE’s answer to WCW signing away Kevin Nash (Diesel) and Scott Hall (Razor Ramon) earlier in the year. Bognar was brought in with Glenn Jacobs, who portrayed the role of fake Diesel.
“I’ve always kind of played around with characters and accents and goofed off with things like that,” Bognar said in a 2017 interview with ESPN.com. “I was in ECW, and Paul E. Dangerously says to me, ‘Here’s what I want you to do in this 6-man tag match.’ I pulled a kind of Razor Ramon character from my back pocket, just for a joke. I said, ‘What the hell do you want me to do, mang?’
“He freaked out and said, ‘Oh my god, oh my god. Can you do that out there?'”
Shortly thereafter is when he was signed by WWE but that was just a small part of his wrestling career.
Bogner worked for FMW in the late 80s and into the early 90s and wrestled briefly in ECW as Big Titan. After being released by WWE in 1997, he wrestled for New Japan Pro Wrestling. After his wrestling career, he became a life coach and motivational speaker.
We send out condolences to Bognar’s friends and family.